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Title: Shoulder radiographs and cautionary tales
Contributor(s): Fraser, John  (author)
Publication Date: 2004
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Abstract: Dear Editor, I read with interest recent research into the management of shoulder dysfunction that showed increases use of ultrasound by general practitioners in investigating shoulder pain, in preference to an initial radiograph. The authors cite a paper suggesting radiographs have little diagnostic value in some presentations of shoulder pain. The study involved emergency departments rather than general practices, which may limit it's generalisability. Also, the limited utility of radiographs in this paper extended to a subgroup of patients who had not fallen, had no swelling, and has experienced rest pain. Murtagh describes the shoulder as 'notorious for diagnostic traps'. Reliance on imaging should not replace a thorough history and examination.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australian Family Physician, v.33 (12), p. 967
Publisher: Royal Australian College of Practitioners
Place of Publication: South Melbourne, VIC, Australia
ISSN: 0300-8495
Field of Research (FOR): 130108 Technical, Further and Workplace Education
110313 Nuclear Medicine
111202 Cancer Diagnosis
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 920102 Cancer and Related Disorders
930299 Teaching and Instruction not elsewhere classified
920203 Diagnostic Methods
HERDC Category Description: C4 Letter of Note
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